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Swapping pickups.

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by CalebAaron666, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

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    i have a set of fender vintage noiseless pups i wanna put in my MiM standard. Any long term harm to snipping the old pickup wires and soldering the new wires to the old ones? I have some heat shrink tubes to cover the connection. I’m not against going straight to the switch/pot, but i’d rather go wire to wire.

    I know, i know, lazy.
     
  2. OttoCorrect

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    You may want to desolder them properly if only to recoup the cost by selling the old pickups on Reverb or eBay or whatever. A little extra work would mean some extra gear money for later.
     
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  3. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Friend of Leo's

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    If it's worth doing then it's worth doing right..
     
  4. 24 track

    24 track Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    you will really appreciate that you took the time to leave the pick up wires as long as you could just incase you need to re instate them, the least number of solder joints you make the less things can go wrong after
     
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  5. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

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    I'm not going sell these old pick ups. I was actually thinking I'd like to be able to reconnect them easily if I change my mind.
     
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  6. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

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    That's what I needed to hear I think, Thanx.
     
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  7. Cesspit

    Cesspit Tele-Meister

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    Actually more difficult to solder wire to wire than wire to connection.
     
  8. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Amen Amen Amen!
    I’d call in a pro.
     
  9. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    ^^^ This. ^^^
     
  10. -Hawk-

    -Hawk- Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

    Oct 14, 2015
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    I’ve done that when working with a fender S1 switch on the advice of a poster here. It worked great. Normally just do it the normal way, but there’s all kinds of little connections on the S1.
     
  11. jvin248

    jvin248 Poster Extraordinaire

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    If soldering to a pot, feed solder at the solder tip where it touches the pot and the melted metal will heat the pot faster with fewer problems. If soldering to a new pot, sandpaper where you want to solder, heat and place a small puddle of solder there, solder on the wire end, then and only then put the wire to the pot and heat the wire end with the solder and melted metal as mentioned to transfer heat and stick it all together. Use a pencil, chopstick, or twig from the yard to hold it all down as you pull the iron away so it cools.

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  12. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

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    Thanx for this. I’ll be connecting the ground to an existing pot.
     
  13. TRexF16

    TRexF16 Friend of Leo's

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    Concur with the spirit but not the conclusion. This is all the more reason to do it yourself...the right way.
     
  14. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

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    I’ll be doing it myself and properly when i get the time.
    Thanx dad(s)!
     
  15. fenderchamp

    fenderchamp Tele-Holic

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    why solder anything just twist the wires, and tape em up.. lolz noiseless baby!!!!
     
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  16. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

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    Haha! Now yer talkin!
     
  17. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

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    All done and done right.
    Easy peasy lemon squeazy.
    And these noiseless sound good. A little more quacky, but I’ll finetune the heights and all that as the week goes on.
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  18. Chicago Matt

    Chicago Matt Friend of Leo's

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    Ha, way to go! It's worth doing it right, especially since it's so easy on a Tele. It's not like you're doing it on a 335 - now that's REALLY fun!
     
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  19. CalebAaron666

    CalebAaron666 Tele-Meister

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    Yeah, it was definitely worth it. Taking it apart was the hardest part, soldering was simple. They sounded a little quacky in my baby practice test amp, but I just plugged into my stage rig, and they sound amazing! Can’t believe I hestitated upgrading for so long.
     
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  20. Keefsdad

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    Nice, i like the Bigsby and the armrest.
     
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